Following the completion of my DipTesol, I’ve taken the bull by the horns and made the transition to Director of Studies. I’ve moved from one of the largest English language school groups in the UK to a small, but growing, private language school in Manchester. I realise that this has come fairly early on in … Continue reading The Loneliness of the Director of Studies
I’ve recently completed an online course in using online games in the language classroom, run by Cambridge and eltjam.com. One of the major things that I took away from the course was that games that include what could be called a sandbox element, or an open-world structure where you are free to wander, create and … Continue reading Sandboxes, EFL and CLIL
The past few weeks have been some of the most intense I can remember in my teaching career. I’ve written more than 30,000 words, been seemingly glued to my laptop way into the wee hours, and drunk a lot of instant coffee. Yes, I’ve just finished the teaching practice element of my Trinity DipTESOL, along … Continue reading DipTESOL practical
A busy few weeks have meant an unavoidable hiatus on the blog, and unfortunately also meant that I missed this year’s IATEFL conference in Glasgow. However, I’ve been trying to catch up on what I missed, and one of the talks that grabbed my attention was this one by the great Jamie Keddie, on the … Continue reading “The unhealthy noise in our profession” – Teacher Talking Time
This is my third post on my experiences experiment with the “flipped classroom” approach, and so far I’ve been fairly pleased with the response I’ve had from students. I’m even thinking of ways I could extend learner autonomy with my class moving forward. Last week, the coursebook I use with my C1 class called for … Continue reading Flipped Classroom Episode 3: It’s All Relative
Part of my day job involves planning and delivering training sessions for the CPD programme at my school. I’ve devised and delivered many training sessions for other teachers in my career, but I’ve been thinking about just how useful such sessions are in facilitating teacher development. The typical scenario at the schools I’ve worked at … Continue reading How useful are CPD training sessions in ELT?
So last week I wrote about the idea of the flipped classroom, and I mentioned that I was going to try out the approach with my classes in the following weeks. Today was my first attempt at a flipped classroom-style task, so I wanted to record what happened and my thoughts for taking things forward. … Continue reading Flipped classroom: episode 1
Whether you see your students for three hours a day or three hours a week, it’s vital that you make the most of your time in class. One idea that has been gaining in popularity is the “flipped classroom”, whereby teachers set instructional content for students to do at home, freeing up class time for … Continue reading Flipped classroom: does it work?
Hello again! Happy New Year! Following on from my New Year’s resolution lesson plan, I wanted to write about the things I hope to achieve in 2017. Normally, I’m not the type to really make New Year’s resolutions. I think the last time I did was in 2013, when I decided on all kinds of worthy … Continue reading 2017 English Language Teaching Goals
I’ve always been someone who says, “I’m interested in technology in the classroom”, and I don’t know if I’ve really taken much time to think about what that actually means. I think what it boils down to is using the internet to connect or source content, and using a device of some kind to … Continue reading Technology in the classroom: what do we mean?